Strathmore arts festival


stART 2007 Workshops


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AnimationBig ArtBlood and Gore Stage MakeupBody art
Circus SkillsCreative KnittingCreature Comforts AnimationCreative Song Writing and Recording
DrummingFire SculptureGlass Lantern MakingGospel & African Song
Hip Hop DanceLantern MakingLatin Flava DanceLiving Willow Sculpture
Magnificent PaintingMartial Arts DanceMusic Makers and Mini Music MakersPicture Yourself
RapRecycled FashionRock 'n' RollShow Dance
Silk PaintingSong WritingStage FightingStone Carving
Story Soundtrack and Music MakingStreet & Break Dance"Strictly Come Dancing"Taiko Drumming
Vinyl Graphic Design


Animation and Creature Comforts Animation- from established Glasgow film makers and animators Media Arts + Services Scotland.
The first workshop provided a fantastic opportunity to try your hand at 2D animation while learning new techniques.
In the second workshop, participants created and animated their very own "creature comfort". This was a more in-depth session that allowed participants to develop a fuller animated character complete with voice and attitude.

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One participant commented “I really enjoyed myself and I can’t wait to do it at home” (2D animation)


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Big Art - with Shirley McGregor and Rachel Muir.
In this magnificent painting workshop for small people, pre-schoolers were able to paint their very own canvas masterpieces.
Sun 25th March, Meigle Primary School, 11am - 12noon, ages: 3 - 5yrs

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Blood and Gore Stage Make-up - burns, scars and bullet holes: this workshop with professional make-up artist Susan McLymont was not for the faint hearted!

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Bodyart01 (23KB) Body Art - with leading community arts provider Impact Arts from Glasgow.
Participants worked with a designer to create an original tattoo based on a variety of Celtic, tribal or graffiti art images. In the second part of the workshop participants got to transfer their images onto their own bodies.


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Parade18 (28.2KB) Circus Skills - with the Edinburgh Performers.
The Edinburgh Performers performed their spectacular fire show on Saturday night in Ferguson Park, Rattray and then participants got to try out some of their stunts for themselves in these hands-on workshops. For P1 - 3, participants tried their hand at juggling, poi spinning and other basic circus skills. For P4 - 7, the sessions included "the art of climbing on your friends" without hurting them! (acro-balance) in Coupar Angus, and "finding your inner idiot" (clowning) in Meigle.


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Creative Knitting01.jpg (26KB) Creative Knitting -Led by Peter Beaven of Twistfibre Craft Studio.
A hands-on demonstration of knitting. This workshop extended the boundaries of knitting and had the participants knitting with their fingers, wire and beads to create wild and wonderful pieces of clothing and artwork.
This workshop was hosted by the Coupar Angus & District Heritage Association whose recently opened premises in George Street and have awakened an interest by the townsfolk and those in the surrounding area for the town's history. The Heritage Centre regularly has displays and exhibitions and the Association hold topical meetings from September to May on the first Friday of the month.
info@couparangusheritage.co.uk

Participant comment: “This was so much fun, please give us more!”


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Creative Song Writing and Recording - with Pete Nicol.
As well as working in schools for his "day job", Pete has a BA in Music Performance and more than 20 years' experience working in the music business.
In this workshop, participants learnt how to write their own piece of music and perform it. No experience was necessary.
SongWriting01 (12K) SongWriting02 (12K)


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Drumming - with Steve Haden of Beats-working. A great introduction to African hand drumming. Steve uses both traditional and contemporary tuition techniques to get even complete beginners enthused with the rhythm of the music. A great workshop for mums and dads to learn a new skill alongside their children.


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Fire Sculpture - with PKC Cultural Co-ordinators Helen O'Brien & Kirstie Bailey.
A giant willow raspberry was constructed during the day, then set alight in the evening as part of the festival celebrations on Saturday night. Many thanks to JB Corrie & Co. Ltd of Blairgowrie for donating fencing materials for the structure.

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Glass Lantern Making - with tutor Kathy Burns, a freelance arts and crafts worker who regularly works at Perth Museum and with local Perth & Kinross schools. Participants worked with acetate sheets to create a beautiful decorated glass-style lantern to take home.
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Gospel & African Song - with Irene Railley, an accomplished performer and tutor with many years' experience. Irene performs regularly with the a cappella group Just Voices, and has led workshops for South Queensferry Arts Festival and Horsecross Voices in Perth. If you have always wanted to sing, then this was the workshop for you - Irene teaches by ear so this workshop was truly accessible to all - no need to read music to enjoy this session!

To watch a movie of the African Gospel Singing workshop, choose one of the links below. Make sure your speakers are turned on!

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Hip Hop Dance - led by popular local tutor and performer Gayle Duncan. Gayle has a wealth of dancing experience both as a teacher and as a dancer, having tutored locally for a number of years. Her work as a freelance dancer and choreographer has lead her to perform in a variety of venues including the SECC in Glasgow.

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Lantern Making - with Rachel Bower.
These workshops are aimed at family groups who wish to work together. Design and construct decorative lanterns ready to use later for the procession to Fergusson Park and the torching of the fire sculpture!

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Latin Flava Dance - a brilliant salsa / tango / latin class just for adults! Led by Rodolfo Rivas Franco from Spinal Chord - this is a workshop not to miss!

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Living Willow Sculpture - with Sandy Greene from Arborantics
Sandy and members of the Alyth Environmental Group created a living willow hedge and archway that borders the outdoor classroom at Coupar Angus Primary School. This project was a partnership event between stART and the Alyth Environmental Group who have lent their time and expertise into making these workshops a success, and was part funded by a grant from Scottish Natural Heritage.
For more details about the activities of Alyth Environmental Group contact Clive & Alison Bowman at bowpeeps@supanet.com

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Magnificentpainting01 (21KB) Magnificent Painting - with artist Frances Law.
Back by popular demand for her third festival.
Participants were inspired to enlarge the details in nature into amazing masterpieces!

Participant comment: “I totally enjoyed spending two hours painting. I never realised it could be so enjoyable. The time just flew by and I am so pleased with what I have produced”


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Martial Arts Dance - with Impact Arts.
An extremely physical blend of Martial Arts and Hip Hop Dance brought to you by experienced professional dance tutors from Impact Arts, Glasgow. This highly energetic workshop required participants to approach it with an open mind - you've never seen anything like it!

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Music Makers and Mini Music Makers - with Nicola Killean from the National Youth Choir of Scotland.
Mini Music Makers is an initiative organised by NYCOS as part of its Education and Outreach Programme. The aim of these fun-filled workshops is to open up the world of music to young children in an imaginative and creative way by using simple games and activities. Nicola is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and is an experienced tutor, having worked for NYCOS for a number of years. Most recently she has delivered Mini Music Makers classes at City Halls in Glasgow and at Horsecross in Perth.

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Picture Yourself - with the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
This fun interactive workshop was delivered by the Education Department at the National Galleries of Scotland and by artist Janie Nicoll. The workshop featured portraits from the gallery's collection. Participants were able to have an image of their face digitally transferred onto their preferred portrait of a famous Scot and were able to take home a print of the new artwork!
When ringing in to book a place, participants were be given a specific time slot (approx 15mins) to go and have their portrait taken.
www.natgalscot.ac.uk
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Participant comment:“Nobody knew it was me at first. Then when they discovered they all thought it was great. It was really brilliant!”


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Rap - with Dundonian street poet and Scottish Rapper Mark Thomson. Mark has a wealth of experience working with young people in the community, enthusing them with the power of the spoken word.

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Recycled Fashion - with Garance Warburton and Kirsty Duncan.
Participants were asked to bring a couple of items of old clothing and revamp them into something that would be fun to wear. They experimented with scissors, needles and thread, iron on fun fabrics, ribbons and beads.

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Rock 'n' Roll - with Dawn Robertson from Dancebase, Scotland's National Centre for dance.
Aimed at P1-3s, this was a great opportunity to work with one of Scotland's leading dance providers.

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Showdancing01 (22KB) Show Dance - led by popular local tutor and performer Gayle Duncan.
This was your chance to do the Can-Can. A fast and energetic session that gave participants a flavour of the West End shows.

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Silk Painting - with artist Kathy Burns.
Create beautiful works of art on pieces of fine silk cloth.

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Song Writing - led by local Community Link Worker Pete Nicol, who in his other life has more than 20 years' experience as a gigging and recording musician. Play an instrument? Got some ideas? Grab your Guitar, Bass or Keyboard, bring some ideas, jam with other players, and write a song! Don't play but want to write some lyrics? Come along, bring your imagination, and throw in your ideas!

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Stagefighting01 (18.9KB) Stage Fighting - with professional actor and fight director, Jim Fleming.
By popular demand, Jim returned to the stART Festival to deliver more action-packed workshops.

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Stone Carving - hosted by The Friends of Larghan Park and led by stone carver Martin Reilly, who has over 10 years' experience in the trade. Martin specialises in the ornamentation of stone in both three-dimensional form and relief work, and past commissions include carving the stonework lettering on the Canongate Wall at the Scottish Parliament with fellow stone carver Gillian Forbes.
This workshop was part of a holistic redevelopment of the park, which has been guided and invested in by local people, and forms part of the much wider redevelopment of Coupar Angus. The stone for this workshop was kindly donated by the Red House Hotel, Coupar Angus and the activity has received additional sponsorship from Perth & Kinross Council Environment Services.

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Participant comment:“I didn’t think I could ever create anything so good!”


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Story Soundtrack and Music Making - with Pete Nicol. Pete has a wealth of experience in the music business. As well as performing regularly he also runs music sessions for local schools, youth and adult groups. In the workshop participants will create a musical accompaniment to a short story - bringing it to life with their own style and imagination.
Please bring along percussion instruments if you have them, or just grab what's there.

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Street & Break Dance - with Rodolfo Rivas Franco of Spinal Chord.
This was an exciting, high-energy workshop is led by charismatic performer and dance tutor Rodolfo Rivas Franco. Bring water and plenty of energy!

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"Strictly Come Dancing" - ballroom with a twist, this fun workshop is led by experienced artist and tutor Dawn Robertson from Dancebase, Edinburgh, Scotland's National Centre for Dance. As well as offering over 100 dance classes a week from their base in the capital, the company also takes dance out to the community, working with babies through to 90 year old adults. With Dancebase, there is simply no excuse to NOT dance! (Please note you don't need to bring a partner for this session.)

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Taikodrumming01 (20.4KB) Taiko Drumming - with Mugen Taiko Dojo, the UK's Centre for Taiko.
An introduction to the drums, percussion, hypnotic rhythms and choreographed movements of this exciting performing art from Japan, using traditional instruments. This show-piece workshop was sponsored by the A. Proctor Group Ltd.

Participant comment:“For me the highlight in a weekend of highlights was two hours on Saturday afternoon with the Mugen Taiko Dojo. “Scarily enthusiastic!” my son said of the workshop leader. It was so energising and enthralling that by the end us budding Taiko drummers were bonded like a team who had gone through something special together.”


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Vinyl Graphic Design - with Impact Arts. Working with a graphic designer to create individual pieces, participants will get the chance to design text, characters or pattern work on vinyl sheeting. Create your own original art work and then transfer it on to skate-boards, BMX - almost any surface.

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